Bannon Institute of Combat Neuroscience
Integrating Medical, Martial and Media Arts
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Shaolin Dim Mak - Gung Fu


The Surgical Strike System™ of Shaolin Dim Mak - Gung Fu was initially developed as the "Counter Attack" Martial Art of the Government Bodyguard, Undercover Law Enforcement Officer, Special Operator, High Risk Tactical Agents, SWAT Teams and Fugitive Recovery Units such as the United States Marshals Service. The Surgical Strike System™ is the proprietary street survival and self defense system of the Bannon Institute. 

The protective protocol used in high level VIP and Government Protection Details is as follows:

  • PREVENT AN ATTACK whenever possible.
  • COUNTER ATTACK as quickly, violently and efficiently as possible.
  • ESCAPE TO SAFETY as soon as possible after the counter attack takes place.

The Surgical Strike System™ teaches people from all walks of life how to use these "Presidential Level Protection Concepts"  to protect themselves or a loved one. It is not necessary to have a martial arts background, youthful speed, great amounts of strength or flexibility to master the concepts contained within this system. The concepts and techniques are fast and easy to learn; easy to remember under stress; but most importantly of all - they have been field tested under extremely violent situations and found to be Extraordinarily Effective!

The primary objective is always to PREVENT AN ATTACK. Most of the efforts conducted by the US Secret Service and other high level protective agencies focus their resources on this objective. It is a well known fact that if an attack can be prevented or recognized in its early stages through mental awareness, survival mindset, violent behavioral recognition cues, proactive measures, and putting reactionary Time - Distance and Speed (TDS) on our side and taking it away from a potential attacker - that an attack is much less likely to occur, and if it does - we will be much better prepared to react to it by not getting suddenly caught off guard and succumbing to cerebral confusion and disorientation.

The old adage, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" couldn't be more true when it comes to street survival. It is always better, 'theoretically speaking,' "to see a gun in a man's eyes before seeing it in his hand pointing in your face." This all depends on levels of awareness, mindset, and the ability to perceive and recognize danger before it is too late. If an attack can be prevented altogether then the survival rate is obviously 100%. Once an attack occurs, the potential survival rate can drop down to as low as 50% or less depending on skill, psychological control and awareness levels. There are no 100% guarantees once the attack has been initiated. Absolute survival of an attack can never be fully guaranteed by any person nor martial art system - but effective  training and proper mindset can certainly increase the survival odds greatly in our favor.

If for any reason an attack cannot be prevented, then we must COUNTER ATTACK as quickly, violently and effectively as possible. The last thing we want to find ourselves involved in is a long, protracted fist fight. The longer a physical confrontation is allowed to continue - the greater the chances of serious injury. We do not fight and we do not study the art of fighting. We practice the art of ATTACK TERMINATION. In order to terminate an attack as swiftly and economically as possible - we must utilize skills and tactics that have the most devastating effects in the shortest amount of time possible.

Similar to the concept of a "sniper's bullet through the brain" which causes an immediate effect in the rest of the body. We must attack the most vulnerable points located throughout the human body. Our objective is to attack, overload, and shut down our attacker's brain. Once our attacker's brain begins to overload - brain and body shutdown takes place shortly thereafter. This can only be accomplished through the delivery of strategic and surgically placed strikes on the body historically and secretively known in the ancient martial arts as Poison Hand / Shooting Finger / Spotting / or Dim Mak - also referred to as "Black Medicine" or "Acupuncture's Evil Twin." 

The Surgical Strike System™ takes these very complex concepts and makes them easy to understand and apply for the person who has little or no martial arts background.

Once we have successfully deployed our counter attack - we then ESCAPE TO SAFETY. We utilize a principle referred to in the military as a "Tactical Retrograde" or "Strategic Retreat." We do not make a citizen's arrest or hold the person there until the police arrive, unless there is a sufficient number of people to do so. The police can then be called once we have escaped to a safe place and are no longer in danger.

You have now effectively become your own "First Responder." The police or paramedic crew are now the second responders. In the law of Time - Distance and Speed; this is the only way to survive a violent attack. Even if it took the police only a few minutes to respond to an emergency call for help - a few minutes can seem like an eternity when someone is being raped, robbed, strangled, or kicked in the face several times. People are always encouraged to obey the law - but a person also has the right to defend themselves or another person during a violent, unlawful attack - and waiting for the police to show up "after the fact" is just way too late - I know; I used to be one - and by the time I as a police officer got the call and responded to the scene; blood was already on the ground and the damage already was done. 

Even sometimes when I did finally catch the criminal an hour or so later - that did nothing for the broken bones, cut skin, and horrible lifelong memories sustained by the victims. People must learn how to prevent and survive an attack for themselves - become their own First Responder and deal with an attack before - during and after it occurs. Knowing how to effectively deal with an attack before and during its occurrence - can certainly have a direct effect on the "after" condition.

History: In the late 1800s the era of the Japanese Samurai basically came to an end. Around the same time in the United States - President Abraham Lincoln installed the United States Secret Service. In 1901, the Presidential Protection Duties of the Secret Service were adopted. Many of the concepts, tactics and philosophies used within the Secret Service today have a direct lineage and similarity to those used by the Japanese Samurai centuries ago. So to say that the Secret Service are the "Modern Day Samurai" of the United States - would be an accurate statement. To also call Presidential Level Protection or Executive Protection a "Specialty Martial Art" in and of itself would also be an accurate statement. The Martial Art of the Modern Day Samurai to be specific.  

From generation to generation there have been three major questions asked relative to the martial arts:

  1. Who is the best martial artist in the world today? 
  2. Which martial art is the "best," "most effective," or "the deadliest"? 
  3. Who has the ultimate authority as to the value and efficiency of any martial art? 

One must first qualify these questions before they can be accurately answered:  

By Who's Standard 

  1. First of all the Ultimate Authority to judge the efficiency of a martial art style or technique is not a martial art grand master nor black belt of any degree. It is not even a human being. The only standard that can be used to accurately judge the efficiency and effectiveness of any martial art style or technique in and of itself (barring practitioner variables) can only be The Law of Physics - Energy Dynamics and the Art and Science of Medicine and Physiology. These scientific laws are the only true "Righteous Judge" as they are impersonal, non egotistical, have no human pride and are not affected by politics and they never discriminate. The technique either works under the stress of combat or it does not. It either produces a medical or physiological effect in the body and mind or it does not. It either immediately stops a violent attack or it does not. It either protects you from being struck or cut - or it does not.

    Although nothing in the martial arts comes with a 100% guarantee that all techniques will work on all people every time - we must never "hope" that a technique will work when we need it.  Hope is not a combat tactic. For a technique to be accurately delivered under combat stress and have the greatest potential for disabling an attacker - it must be medically, psychologically and scientifically sound. The compatibility between the striking weapon (external or body part) and the receiving target (vulnerability) must be considered. 

  2. Which martial art out there is the "best," "most effective," or "the deadliest"? First of all this question is already flawed by its very nature. An ancient Chinese proverb states, "there are many paths to the top of the mountain and once we get there we all see the same moon."

    To answer this question correctly? The best martial art is the one that works for YOU when YOU need it the most. It does not matter whether it has a Japanese, Korean, Chinese, MMA, Filipino, Russian, American name or for that matter - any name at all.  

    The greatest variable in any martial art is the practitioner - not necessarily the art itself. To say Kung Fu is more lethal than Tae Kwon Do is a misnomer. If the Tae Kwon Do practitioner is superior in his art than the Kung Fu practitioner is in his - then in this situation it would appear that Tae Kwon Do is superior. Or would it be more correct to say that the Tae Kwon Do practitioner cooperated more with the law of physics and medical science at least during this confrontation? All combat martial arts have one thing in common - their objective is to avoid being struck, and or to strike with a certain amount of force and energy sufficient enough to end a conflict.
    There are many elements in between but these are the main two objectives of all combative martial arts - to strike and to avoid being struck. The path we choose to accomplish this is called "The Way" (Tao or Do). How well we accomplish this depends upon our level of achievement and how medically and scientifically sound our approach is. An infant can pick up a hammer and kill someone by striking them in the head. All it takes is the right amount of force on a vulnerable area and the damage will occur. It does not matter that it was an infant that swung the hammer. If the laws of science and physics are complied with - they will have an effect. And that effect will be in direct proportion to how much the law was complied with. A technique either is effective or its not. It may look good in a Kata form or during practice in a DoJo, Dojang or Kwoon - but will it stop a person who is violently attacking me on the street or other type of battlefield while I am experiencing great amounts of unexpected stress?  YES or
    NO? This is the only true test question.

  3. Who is the best martial artist in the world today? Jackie Chan? Bruce Lee? Jet Li? Chuck Liddell?
    None of these really -  The best martial artist is the one who can effectively respond to and survive an "UNEXPECTED" and "SPONTANEOUS" Violent Attack - 

The Bannon Institute took these three points into consideration when developing the Surgical Strike System™ of Chinese Dim Mak - Gung Fu. In order for the techniques to work for most people, they had to be Easy to Learn, Seriously Effective, and Easy to Remember and Perform under SEVERE PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL STRESS LEVELS.

Not the stress of a martial arts competition or performance - but the Unexpected and Spontaneous Stress associated with potential MORTAL COMBAT
in the street or on a battlefield where the stakes are high.

As a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Counselor and De Briefer for for a major city police department - GM Bannon studied brain anatomy and cyber-physiological function. He studied and researched how the brain is affected by combat and sudden traumatic incidents. He clinically observed that a shift occurs in the brain from the Frontal "Cognitive" Cortex to the "Limbic"  System which is in communication with the Amygdala. The Amygdala is a part of the brain where general memory such as martial arts kata forms and techniques are not stored. Having stated this - it was found that in order for a martial arts technique to work under the stress of a sudden attack - the technique must be "Brain Stress Friendly."

In other words - the techniques we learn and the way we train must take into consideration this potential stress induced brain shift that ABSOLUTELY WILL take place in all people no matter how well skilled they are during a sudden attack. This shift is referred to in Physio-Psychology as a Positive Feedback Loop - and if we train under a Negative Feedback Loop mental state; that memorized training will probably not be accessible when this shift takes place. It would be similar to drastically needing something immediately from inside a safe but you forgot the combination because of stress.   

We refer to the Frontal Memory Cortex where most martial arts techniques are memorized and stored as the "BLUE BRAIN." We refer to the smaller (Fight or Flight) part of the brain where stress causes the brain to shift to in less than one second as the "RED BRAIN." If a learned martial art technique is not red brain compatible under stress - then there is a very good chance that the technique will not be remembered or will not work at the time it is needed the most. Chinese Gung Fu refers to this "sub cerebral" memorization as "WUSHIN" or "NO MIND." The Western World refers to this as "Muscle Memory" but the phenomenon is actually quite a bit more complex than this. 

The Surgical Strike System™ of Dim Mak - Gung Fu has 4 objectives called:

The "
QUAD" Theory:

  • If my opponent cannot see - he cannot continue to attack me.
  • If my opponent cannot stand - he cannot continue to attack me.
  • If my opponent cannot breathe - he cannot continue to attack me.
  • If my opponent cannot focus due to severe pain or disorientation - he cannot attack me.

Therefore: every concept and technique contained within the Surgical Strike System™ was designed to be Red Brain Friendly and to accomplish one or more of these Medically and Scientifically Correct "QUAD Theory" objectives as quickly and effectively as possible. 

In order to effectively terminate a violent attack and escape to safety as quickly as possible, which should be every person's goal - luck and chance must be exchanged with skill and confidence. As stated earlier -  "Hope" is not a survival skill. Well deployed and tactically sound counter attack options are. We do not "defend ourselves" or others against an attack - WE ATTACK our ATTACKER.

We use a (3) step approach to successfully overcome an attack:

The "SCT" Theory:

  • (S)urvive the Attack - (either preventing altogether or redirecting the initial strike).
  • (C)ontrol the Attack - (aggressively moving into the attack vs. defending away from it).
  • (T)erminate the Attack - (using scientifically sound strike pressure & pain principles).

                                            The Funnel of Movement

In studying the work of Musashi in the Book of 5 Rings; he exemplifies the concept of "Economy of Effort." A modern analogy could look at a simple funnel. The top of the funnel is wide and its bottom very narrow. Water (or Energy) must first pass through the wide top to reach the narrow bottom. If we supplicate the water for energy and diameters of movement - we will understand that we must first understand wide wasted movements before we can fully comprehend small economic movements that yield a greater effect. One must first have a reference point of a wide circle, before he can master the movements of a small circle. This concept is summed up in the arts of Devil Hands and Ghost Hands of Dim Mak.

One of the major universal concepts that exists within all martial arts is "ECONOMY of EFFORT" also known as the 20 / 80 Theory. 20 % effort for 80% results as opposed to 80% effort for 20% results. The martial art of Dim Mak refers to this as the "One Hit - One Knockout" or "One Hit - One Kill" concept. In other words - how can I make each one of my strikes as devastating as possible? What one move can I do that takes my attacker five moves to accomplish the same thing?  

As stated earlier - the only deciding factor whether a martial art technique either complies with the 20 / 80 Theory or the 80 / 20 Theory is the Law of Applied Physics as it relates to Medical Science and Human Physiology.  We use two mathematical equations as a standard for developing an effective counter attack concept and technique:

  1. Speed of Attack + Distance to Target = Time of Contact.
  2. Strike Pressure + Vulnerable Strike Point = Disability and Termination of Attack.

In essence - the sooner a potential violent attack can be recognized - the more Time, Distance and Speed there is to react to it. It is better to see the intent of an attack in a person's eyes and body language "before" we feel their intent by the contact of their attack on our body.

However - once an attack is within "contact range" it must be reacted to and terminated as quickly as possible using medically and scientifically sound techniques such as are taught in the Surgical Strike System™ of Dim Mak - Gung Fu.